"Swift" justice begins in the 2009 Atlanta Public School cheating scandal as the trial of the accused educators started this week. They allegedly changed their students' test answers to make themselves look better and to get bonuses.
Teachers cheating for the kids, you say? If teachers are doing the cheating for the kids now, how will the kids ever learn to cheat for themselves?
In its Sunday op-ed, the ultra-liberal Atlanta Journal Constitution apologized for covering the story by calling it "necessary." Ineffective, unionized, monopoly educators, of whom 95 percent are Democrats, represent everything the AJC stands for, thus the guilt the writers felt when forced to commit a rare feat of journalism against their own. more >>
The highly acclaimed school standards called Common Core are becoming so unpopular that they may soon be politically untouchable. The critics are piling on from Glenn Beck to The Wall Street Journal, with senior academics and activist parents in-between.
The latest is a detailed criticism of the mathematics standards by a prize-winning math professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Marina Ratner. It is refreshing that her criticisms are very specific and include examples of assignments that parents can see are ridiculous.
Professor Ratner became alerted to the stupidity of Common Core by looking at the homework assigned to her grandson in 6th grade Berkeley middle school. Fractions are taught by having the kids draw pictures of everything, such as 6 divided by 8, and 4 divided by 2/7, and also by creating fictional stories for such things as 2/3 divided by 3/4. A student who gives the correct answer right away and doesn't draw a picture or make up a story loses points. more >>
A recent sociological study undermines the common conception that with advanced education comes a general loss of religious affiliation.
To the contrary, those with the least amount of higher education were more inclined toward religious non-affiliation than those with more years of higher education.
"Among Americans born in the 1970s, college education has a negative effect on non-affiliation … for those born between 1965 and 1979, the non-college-educated are disproportionately likely to report both no affiliation and no service attendance," the study notes. more >>
Passions flared during debate over a Common Core resolution at the American Federation of Teacher's convention, new video of the event shows.
Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, a New York City public school teachers union, joked that he would become violent against anyone who wants to get rid of the Common Core standards.
"If someone takes something from me I'm going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted sick hands and say it is mine, and I am going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teachers! These are our tools and you sick people need to deal with us and the children we teach," he said as the audience cheered. more >>
President Obama recently signed an executive order making it illegal for federal contractors to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. Sounds innocuous enough, but an unintended consequence may be the closing of Christian colleges and schools.
The order doesn't directly affect private education, but its unprecedented refusal to exempt religious organizations surely will. Without this exemption the President has signaled to regulators that it's open season on faith-based institutions.
Here's one possible future: The order says if you want federal money you must hire gays. The US Department of Education decides that this applies to federal financial aid as well. Students are then prohibited from using their aid at colleges that do not hire gays. Christian colleges go out of business. more >>
Touting a new study, some reporters and bloggers claimed that children raised in religious homes have difficulty telling the difference between fact and fiction. The study, however, does not justify these claims.
The online version of "Judgments About Fact and Fiction by Children From Religious and Nonreligious Backgrounds," authored by researchers Kathleen Corriveau, Boston University; Eva Chen, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; and Paul Harris, Harvard, was published July 3 in Cognitive Science.
Here are a few of the headlines reporting on the study: more >>